Last Sunday at Central Park Summerstage I got to see Friendly Fires live for a second time – this time for free. They played a set very similar to the one from their May 25th Webster Hall gig, even dishing out the same exact encore. The show was a blast, vocalist Ed Macfarlane shook his English ass all the way up into the crowd during the first song like it was nobody’s business, while the other guys flailed around happily in their sweaty button-ups and rolled-up sleeves. You need to catch these guys live if you have a chance, they’re still going around promoting their new album and they have dates lined up for the UK all the way through September (I’m going to the show in London, are you?). Check out our album review here, and peep some remixes after the jump.
Before their split, the two wizards behind Aeroplane collectively formed a mastermind of electro – creating a new strain of electronic dance music. I’m sad to see their sound disintegrate, but after hearing a couple of their mixes, I can’t help but wonder how severe the dichotomy really was in the first place? These sounds are for people who appreciate disco, nu-disco, disco house and all that stuff in between.
Emptyseven is doing a great thing by letting you in his little disco house circle, so make sure you check out his Disco Ain’t Dead series. I’m also a fan of disco house, and in particular I really enjoy the french house, or filter house, subset. If you like oldschool sampling, snappy snares, dynamic sounds (if you’re wearing earphones while listening to these songs, expect to feel as if you are surrounded by three rival orchestras engaging in galactic combat on open-top battle cruisers), or you want to hear something new – these tracks are for you.
On May 16th, Friendly Fires released their second studio album Pala. These English disco rangers didn’t disappoint with this followup to their self-titled first album. Whereas Friendly Fires brought with it four of the most colorful, strange and trippy videos of 2008, Pala brings to the table that same vivid creativity with the concept, photography and songwriting. These guys just ooze feel good vibes, and I know anyone could take a listen to their stuff and find a new favorite song.
Starting off our YSLT series, I’ve got a bunch of tracks that fall under my ‘electronic songs with sexy female vocals’ category. I think everybody should have these in their library (this is the post I have always wanted to make). So here are some of the most luscious edm gems I’ve come across. If you somehow already know and like at least 4 of these tracks then you’ve just won yourself 10 radio control points – redeemable for prizes at a later date.